I love a good challenge. I would even say that I crave a good challenge. And I need accountability. With that said, that is why I'm telling you all about this year's challenge I am taking on. Every new year I try to take time to reset my goals and take on new ones. This year I decided to take a bigger stand against the fast fashion world.
I'm going to spend all of 2020 only buying second hand. Whether that's poshmark, thred-up, consignment, vintage, flea market, thrift stores or friend's closet clean out, I'm going to only consume clothing second hand.
I've talked about doing this on and off for the past year and couldn't really find a time to pause and make this a realistic goal. So why not start it in the new year?
I've always enjoyed curating outfits and this will give me the opportunity to curate them for an entire year using just the creativity of my mind. No mannequin to copy an outfit off of. No instagram ad pulling me in to buy another cheap t shirt. Just me and the second hand clothes I come by.
Buying things second hand is important to our environment and keeping things in the ecosystem instead of the landfill. It's also important to buy things with intention, knowing that you will get good use out of the pieces in your closet.
I want to take you on this journey with me. I'm going to document my finds. I've also been listening to a podcast about second hand fashion called, "It Never Gets Old." I definitely recommend listening to it if you're ever interested in the world of second hand.
There are a few exceptions I am willing to make to my own rule. I have two wedding that I'm in this year. The first wedding I already ordered the bridesmaids dress for, but the second is in November and I don't plan on buying this second hand. Unless I get super lucky and the right dress (color, size and style) is online somewhere second hand. I've already planned on breaking my rule for this dress, but I'll still make an effort to look for it second hand. Also, I will not be buying bra's or underwear second hand. Those items I do not feel comfortable buying second hand, as I'm sure most of you wouldn't want to do that either.
I still have some more fashion related blog posts lined up that don't have to do with thrifting, but I will still post them and talk about the outfits regardless of my new challenge.
Speaking of all this second had fashion, everything in this outfit below, besides my vans, are second hand. My skirt, linen t-shirt and blazer were all only $14.50 combined and I made the headband out of a set I thrifted. The purse is from my aunt who found it in a vintage shop in Florida.
I hope this post inspires you to check out your local thrift or go online to poshmark or thred-up and consider buying second hand. It's vital for our planet and can be a whole lot of fun.
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Before I let a ridiculous amount of time pass by and it seems absurd to post my senior photos, I decided to piece together different posts with each outfit. Below is where we started the shoot, at my apartment. I wanted to capture different parts of Long Beach that I love, starting with where I call home. I've slowly crafted my apartment to reflect my design style and I'm very proud of it.
In a separate blog post I'll give you more details about my apartment, but in this post you'll see glimpses of the space in these photos. I've lived in this apartment since the summer of 2015. The tall ceilings, plaster walls and original wood floors are just touching the surface of what I love about it. Plus the light in the space is amazing at all times of day.
Occasionally you'll hear the "tamale lady' yelling tamaleesssss at the top of her lungs, or the "opera lady" casually belting out opera as she walks the neighborhood. And this is why I say I can never go back to the suburbs.
So this is me. In my space. Sharing a piece of my little haven with you all. Enjoy!
I wanted to match my apartment while still keeping the outfit pretty neutral. My top is from H&M and my jeans are the same Levi's as the last post (told you a wear them a ton). My pink velvet block heels are from Matisse and my pink half moon earrings are from Madewell. Just a quick tip, If I'm buttoning up a top all the way, I balance it out by bringing in a feminine touch on bottom with heels. A lot of my outfits can come across as little boy or prairie vibes, so I try to break it up and add a heel.
Thanks Jessie for the rad photos! check out her and her husbands website here. Definitely recommend them if you're in need of any type of photos.
I'm learning that as you speak things into existence, those around you that hear your dreams and ideas want you to actually follow through with them and pursue them. Not just talk about them. So here I am, coming at you with 9 month old photos Emma took for me this last March. So, this is me, attempting to actually put into fruition the things my heart desires. One of them being, continuing my blog and not giving a damn about what people think. The illusion that people care about what we do keeps us from moving forward on so many pursuits, but to be honest, no one actually cares as much as you think they do. So stop being self conscious and do that DAMN thing. You got this boo. Okay that motivational speech was mainly for my timid self, but I hope it helped someone that is scared to pursue something because of what others might think.
Now enjoy some photos of me in a treschic tee and a beret because I wish I lived in Paris and dress like I do 5-7 days a week. I actually got a comment this week that my outfit looked like it belonged in New York and I have to admit that compliment was just a good as someone saying that it looked like I should live in Paris, because we all know I love New York and it's street fashion.
So onto this outfit I put together this last spring. I've been on a Madewell jeans kick this last year, but I found these Levi's from Ariztia and I've been obsessed since. I gravitate towards these Levi's everyday and would wear them all the time if it was socially acceptable. They are so versatile, comfy, easy to dress up or down and I love the wash. I've gotten so many compliments on them and a few friends have bought them too. My graphic tee is from H&M and the letters are felt, which I thought was a fun little detail. I wanted to continue the yellow theme, so I paired it with my yellow heels from Zara. We all know I love to top an outfit off with a hat or a beret, so I'm wearing one of my favorites from Brixton. The colors are muted, so it's not too overwhelming and yellow and red pair well together. My cute woven bag is a thrift find from my aunt Jenni while she was exploring Palm Beach, Florida. My Aunt's keep sending me these amazing vintage bags and I'm all here for it. They know me so well. My earrings are from Madewell, glasses are from Warby Parker and my snake belt is from Matisse.
The backbay in Newport was sprawling with flowers and after taking these photos I changed into workout clothes and we went on a walk and enjoyed spring in full bloom.
I’ve been relearning how to receive grace.
As senior year fall semester came to a close, I am reminded of all that was accomplished, yet all that has fallen short.
It’s so easy to get frustrated with ‘should’ve and could’ve.' But I have to constantly remind myself that I can’t do it all.
There is a time and a season for everything. Just as you give grace to others, give grace to yourself. Sometimes you have to put different parts of your life on the back burner and leave them for other seasons.
While I’ve poured myself into my studies and my work, I’ve had to remind myself that I can’t do it all. I can’t show up to every invite, I can’t be fully involved in everything and that is okay.
Day by day, step by step has been my mantra this season. Day by day, step by step. One thing at a time.
I’m not sure what season of life you are in. But, day by day, step by step and you will get through. Don’t be so hard on yourself and remember to give yourself some grace. You got this.
Along with a few other things in my life, this blog has been put on the back burner to more important and time pressing matters. But I would like to bring my blog back from the dead in 2019. But.. day by day, step by step. I'm going to give myself grace if I can't juggle this blog with my last and most important semester of school left.
Bear with me as I try to make time for my side passions while simultaneously being buried in work and school.
Now onto this outfit. This Yosemite tee was a Christmas gift from a very special guy in my life, more to come on that. I love the juxtaposition between a graphic tee and a structured blazer, so of course I paired it with my favorite from a past season.
I've also been living non stop in these Madewell high waisted jeans. They are stretchy, so comfy and I can dress them up or down very easily.
My bag was a gift from my aunt, who scored it at a flea market in New Hampshire. My shoes are a thrift find, along with my hat, that I can't seem to find a better version of nearly 4 years later.
My pin collection is constantly growing. The two I'm wearing today are new additions. The Christmas triangle pin I bought at a small shop in Long Beach called Port. If you've ever been to Long Beach during Christmas time, you'll notice the lighted Christmas tree structures scattered in the water in Naples. This pin was created to donate money specifically to those in need during the holidays. A large portion of the sales went to feeding the homeless in Long Beach. I love buying something that supports a good cause and I love Long Beach, so adding this pin to my collection was a no brainer.
My "designers rule" pin is one that I've had in my etsy cart for a few years now and I finally pulled the trigger and bought it. Especially since I'm graduating soon and becoming a real "designer".
For most of the world above the equator it is the middle of winter, but where I am in California it has been 70-80 degrees for a while now. Last "winter" we actually received a good amount of rain, but this year so far it has maybe rained half a day.
Because of this weather confusion, I've been able to wear skirts in winter. Quite a concept huh?
I am all about small prints, so when I stumbled upon this gingham blazer at a thrift store a few years ago, I knew it would be a perfect staple for many outfits. Since then I've been able to style it quite a few different ways. In this outfit, I decided to pair it with my favorite tan skirt, wrap up block heels, vintage handbag, rolling stones graphic tee, and my favorite red beret. I've included links at the bottom of this post if you want to get a similar look.
Well, onto better topics. Just kidding. But really, guess what! I'm going to prom this Friday! Yes, Prom! It's for the Night to Shine by the Tim Tebow foundation. My sister went last year and had the time of her life. I'm excited to make someone else's night as special as possible. Even though I have a sister with down syndrome, this is still way out of my comfort zone. I'm not very outgoing, but regardless of that, I'm going to rock the night away. If I have enough photos, I'll do a blog post on the night. Stay tuned for that post.
Now enjoy the photos below of my outfit.
Over thanksgiving break (yes thanksgiving break, that's how far behind I am on blog posts) my family took a road trip to Arizona to explore. One of the days we ended up in Sedona, which is where these photos were taken.
I got quite the comments about this outfit from my brother. He had a mouthful to say about a few of my outfits actually. This one in particular he was convinced I looked amish. My mom also questioned that this outfit was too retro. "I think I wore that skirt in the 80's" was her exact comment. Regardless of their push back, I confidently wore this outfit because I genuinely liked it. I know it might not be everyones cup of tea, but I enjoy mixing patterns.
Break the rules.
Who cares if you've been told to not mix stripes with plaid, do it anyways.
Who cares if your brother say's you look amish, wear it anyways.
But if you want to mix patterns, find a common thread in the two patterns to make it work. In this outfit, the colors are the same, just reverse in their dominant color.
I loved this outfit paired with my mustard yellow beret, vintage bag and wrap up heels.
I've included links to similar items at the bottom of this blog if you're interested in recreating this look with your own spin off.
The top is from Madewell, my skirt and bag were a thrift find, my shoes are from TJ Maxx and I bought this beret on Amazon!
plaid skirt options:
here, here, here
Madewell turtleneck options:
here, here, here
lace up heels:
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Do you remember the days when skinny jeans for men weren't main stream yet? You would see guys buying skinny jeans from the girl's side of the store to get the look they wanted. Well this isn't any different. Sometimes the perfect piece for your wardrobe lies in the section of the opposite gender.
Quite a few of my favorite pieces were found in the men's section, including this sweater.
This has been one of my favorite sweaters for a few years. I found in at an H&M while I was in London in December of 2014. We were headed to see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and packed nice clothes for the show. Unfortunately, we didn't time things out right and if we headed back to our hostel to change, we would miss the show. Instead of trekking back to our hostel, that was on the edge of town, we were spontaneous and bought whole new outfits at H&M, because why not. I found the sweater in the men's section on sale and I bought it with a button up to layer underneath.
The button up I layered underneath the sweater in this outfit is a thrift store find. I bought it specifically to layer underneath tops just because the collar is perfect. If you could see the rest of the top you'd laugh. It's far too short and kind of wide, I honestly don't know if its a men's or women's button up, but oh well, it get's the job done.
Like I said in my last post, this Brixton cap will be apart of my wardrobe all fall. I love it!
This bag has been my obsession ever since it showed up on my door step in a package from my Aunt Sara in New Hampshire. Sara found it at a flea market and a few other fun things and thought of me. How sweet is that?! It's beautiful and I love all the little details, like the clasp that keeps it shut. It's vintage, but it's still in great shape and I will treasure it for years to come.
The shoes I'm wearing were found at Ross, but made by Steve Madden. The block heel makes them great for everyday wear and the pop of color adds flare to any outfit. You can find me wearing the heck out of these all fall.
These wide-leg cropped green pants are from TJ Maxx, but originally from Gap. They're also a staple in my wardrobe this fall.
In other news, I just finished the book, Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.
It was fresh, real and a great reminder about the importance of grounding ourselves in the truth that comes with really knowing and loving God.
Here is one quote that summarizes the book pretty well.
"This isn't about working less or more, necessarily. This isn't about homemade or takeout, or full time or part time, or the specific ways we choose to live out our days. It's about rejecting the myth that every day is a new opportunity to prove our worth, and about the truth that our worth is inherent, given by God, not earned by our hustling.
It's about learning to show up and let ourselves be seen just as we are, massively imperfect and weak and wild and flawed in a thousand ways, but still worth loving. It's about realizing that what makes our lives meaningful is not what we accomplish, but how deeply and honestly we connect with the people in our lives, how wholly we give ourselves to the making of a better world, through kindness and courage."
If you're in the neighborhood for a new read, I highly recommend this one.
If you've been browsing through Pinterest the last couple of months, I'm sure you've noticed the latest trend, striped pants. They are quite the rage right now. I wasn't searching for a pair, but I happened to stumble upon these while thrifting this summer. I found them with a broken zipper, but they were only a $1.50 and I knew that the zipper would be an easy repair. I absolutely love them. I've been able to wear them dressed up for work or down for a more causal everyday look. Below are some photos I found on Pinterest for inspiration.
I've loved these types of caps for a while now. I did a blog post wearing a smilier Brixton cap last year, before they were super trendy. I was debating on getting this Brixton cap in red or mustard, but the black goes well with everything I own.
To keep the outfit minimal and curated, I styled it with this tan off the shoulder top from a local shop in Long Beach. I also paired it with my current everyday heeled slides I found at TJ Maxx.
Yesterday, the cashier at Trader Joe's asked me what I did all day. And I replied, "I had work!" and he replied, "what do you do?" and for the first time in my life, I said, "I'm an Interior Designer!" It was such a surreal feeling to actually say that, because I've always replied that I'm still a student, which I still am, but I just got a job as an interior designer! I'm working at a small high-end residential firm and I'm so excited to get experience in the field. I'm actually filling in for one of their current interior designers that is on maternity leave! It has been the biggest answer to my prayers, because now I can get experience in the field and understand how the real process of building projects ground up really work. If you follow me on Instagram, I'll probably be posting more stuff about it on my stories, especially when I get to go check out job sites.
When my grandpa passed away, my grandma sent me a box full of his vintage cameras that he collected through the years. I cherish them all and I wanted to feature this one on my blog. I don't know much about film photography, but I'd love to learn someday.
Get The Look: original links and similar below
Brixton Ashland Cap
Striped Pants -similar here, here and here
Off the shoulder top- similar here, here and here
Heeled Mules- similar here, here and here
or shop your local thrift store and find unexpected treasures!!
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Life has been moving as if someone is firmly pressing on the fast forward button. The sun has gone up and down before I've even had time to blink, but I'm trying to soak it all in and pause to thank God for His blessings, the big and the small. I'm coming to the end of a three week temporary job at my extended family's business in Laguna Hills, junior studio is well into the second project and house churches are launching at my church this week. Commuting to Laguna Hills from Long Beach has been quite the trek and since this commute was only planned for three weeks, I've been in a 'treat yourself' kind of mood for making that drive. This has lead me to leave early to explore new coffee shops for added reading and coffee time.
I recently started the book, Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. If you feel spread too thin and constantly find yourself striving for perfection, while neglecting important things like rest and saying no to people in order to find time to rest, you will love this book. This book is teaching me the importance of simply being present and honest with were I am in life, even when life isn't as pretty and perfect as I'd like it to be.
If I feel lead, I might do a full review on the book once I finish it and include the quotes that spoke to my heart.
Below are some photos of clothes I put on my body and me talking about it, enjoy. ;)
As school and fall kicks into full gear, I like to wear simple curated outfits that are stylish, but not over the top. My best friend Maddie has the connections in the Brixton world. Her cousin Mike is the head of U.S. sales and sends her stuff all the time. While we were in Sedona this summer he asked what Vanessa and I wanted from Brixton. I picked two items, this hat and a pin pack. Needless to say, he went over the top and sent many more items, which was so generous! The hat, shirt, bag and pins on my waistline are all Brixton. The cropped wide ankle jeans are from Target and the suede block heeled sandals are Free People, but found at TJ Maxx. If you're uncomfortable with the cropped, wide pants that are showing up at every store, throw on some block heels for added height and interest. You can style these pants any way, but for this outfit I kept it simple with neutral colors I will be wearing all fall.
Personally, I can't find any logic in spending the full price sticker on clothing items. That's why I love Tj Maxx, Marshalls and hunting thrift stores. Plus I find no creativity in putting together an outfit that is already styled off a manikin. When I found these shoes at TJ Maxx, I was actually pretty shocked because I had been eyeing them on the Free People website for a while. I stopped in my tracks and looked them up, where they were still being sold for $130?! Like come on people! Don't throw away your money. I found these shoes for $40, which is a fraction of the full price cost they were still being sold for. There is no need to break the bank to curate your own style, remember that.
Finding quality denim can be difficult; especially when we live in a world of fast fashion, where everything is cheap quality and expected to not last anymore than a few years, sometimes not even a few months. That's why I love living against the grain of society and searching vintage/ thrift stores to find quality pieces that will last and have lasted through someone else's life-time. Also, it's my favorite thing to say, "sorry, it's vintage," when people ask where I got something.
This Levi's pair was a vintage find in Long Beach. I love the light wash and the loose fit. I've styled them quite a few different ways, but this approach is a classic, everyday look. I wore this to a shoot I went to with Kristen. She was photographing family photos in Oak Glen and I tagged along and helped her out. Since this was an outdoor shoot, my high-top converse were perfect for all the dirt we walked through and the red ants. The fitted black tee balanced the loose fitted Levi's and the bandana was an extra touch to bring it all together. Like always, I topped it all off with a new hat I got at thrift store in Palm Springs this week.
Kristen was sent this Fossil backpack recently for their fall ad campaign. It's perfect for photographers because of the separate zipper pocket for safe storage of your camera and it also has a laptop sleeve. Kristen has raved about it since she got it, so I know that this bag won't disappoint for any everyday use.
Jill is an Interior Designer with a passion for fashion, photography and beautiful, functional spaces.